As President Donald Trump continues to attack Democratic Congresswomen, including Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, Democrats from the state and across the country have come to their defense, while many Republicans have stayed silent.
Trump began his campaign against “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen” Sunday, tweeting they should go back to the "crime-infested places from which they came ... then come back and show us how it's done."
While Trump does not name specific Congresswomen in the tweet, it is believed to refer to freshmen Representatives Omar, Rashida Tlaib (Michigan), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), and Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts).
The tweets have been widely denounced as racist, with many pointing out that three of the four Congresswomen were born in the United States. Minnesota DFL put out a statement Monday condemning the attacks on Omar.
“Representative Ilhan Omar became an American citizen almost 20 years ago because she wanted to be part of our great country and to live the American Dream,” the statement reads. "Donald Trump telling her to go back to her home country is flat out racist and goes against the founding principles of our nation."
Alongside Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib, Omar held a press conference Monday to defend herself and colleagues and direct attention to "blatantly racist" action by the President. She stated Trump’s attack on the Democrats are meant to distract problematic actions and divide the country.
“We have to take action when a president is openly violating the oath he took to the constitution of the United States and the core values we aspire to.”
Trump's attacks on Omar had continued into Monday evening. He called the Democrats “anti-Israel, pro-Al Qaeda” and directly referenced Omar’s comments on 9-11 that were interpreted by the right to undermine the terrorist attack, lying that Omar has talked about "how wonderful Al-Qaeda is."
Trump followed it up with more tweets on Tuesday in which he claimed his weekend tweets were "not racist" before saying: "Our Country is Free, Beautiful and Very Successful. If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!"
A number of Minnesota Democrats have jumped to Omar’s defense, including Sen. Amy and Klobuchar and Sen. Tina Smith.
Minnesota’s Republican members of Congress, namely Reps. Tom Emmer, Pete Stauber, and Jim Hagedorn, have refrained from commenting. There has also been no comment made by the Minnesota GOP.
A few Republicans have voiced opposition to the attacks, according to CNN. This includes Utah Sen. Mitt Romney.
Per Politico, House Democrats put out a resolution on Monday condemning Trump’s remarks.